Dominating our Stampede


Sierra Gray

Sophomore Ryan Drendal striding along at the Southern Stampede on the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course on Sept. 19, 2015.

Myles Nabors

Missouri Southern hosted its 27th Annual Southern Stampede last Saturday at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course. This is a nationwide race with hundreds of racers from different schools across the country.

For the second straight race the Southern men took home first place.

Stealing the show for  the second consecutive week was sophomore Vincent Kiprop. Kiprop crossed the finish line with a time of 23:18.15 which was 10 seconds off of the course record. Kiprop also took first in last year’s Southern Stampede beating his time from last year. Southern placed six runners in the top 20. The next Southern runner to cross the finish line was senior Cristobal Renteria placing fifth with a time of 25:02.28. Sophomore Jared Haltom placed 13th with a time of 25:21.12. Freshman Cody Berry placed 16th in a time of 25:23.70 and rounding out Southern’s top six runners was Junior Tyler Rush timed at 25:32.33 and  freshman Mike Shanahan with a time  of  25:32.47 placing 18th and 19th respectively.

As for the rest of the southern men freshman Nickson Kiptoo was 40th with a time of 26:17.17, freshman Josh Webb placed 48th in a time of 26:22.29. Sophomore Ryan Drendel finished in 107th with a time of 27:29.33, while sophomore Luke Johnson placed 113th in a time of 27:34.58. Sophomore Victor Encarnacion placed 127th with a time of 27:45.69. Freshman James Tupper placed168th timed at 28:51.59 and freshman Luis Suaste was 176th in a time of 29:29.13.

The Southern women placed fourth and in the top five for the second consecutive race. Senior Emily Harris finished as the top collegiate runner crossing the finish line with a time of 17:32.49. Harris finished behind two unattatched runners finishing third but first for collegian runners. Senior Cynthia Torres was 21st with a time of 18:26.66, Sophomore Christian Provence placed 24th with a time of 18:37.23. Sophomore Shelby Werner placed 48th in a time of 19:14.29, while senior Sierra Gray placed 70th in a time of 19:34.01 . Freshman Gabriel Hill was 91st in a time of 20:02.00. 

The Southern men scored 50 points beating out second place team Dallas Baptist by 40 points. Dallas Baptist women placed first.

Southern will head to Fayetteville, Ark. to take on the Chili Pepper Invitational on October 1st at the University of Arkansas.